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Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Return of member’s contributions in certain cases

C21.—(1) If a member who is entitled to count a total period of membership of less than 2 years—

(a)ceases to be employed by a LGPS employer and on so ceasing does not become entitled to a retirement pension (or only does so by virtue of regulation D18); or

(b)ceases to be a member by virtue of a notification under regulation B11,

and does not, within one month and one day after so ceasing, become a member again in the employment of that or any other LGPS employer (except one by which he is concurrently employed when he so ceases), then, subject to paragraphs (4) and (5), he is entitled to receive a payment under paragraph (2).

(2) A payment under this paragraph is a payment out of the fund of a sum equal to—

(a)the aggregate amount of the person’s contributions to the fund, and

(b)if he ceased to be employed for any reason other than—

(i)his voluntary resignation, or

(ii)his resignation or dismissal in consequence of inefficiency or an offence of a fraudulent character or misconduct,

compound interest on the amount mentioned in sub-paragraph (a), calculated, to the date on which he ceased to be employed, at the appropriate rate for the period, increased where appropriate as mentioned in regulation K19.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2), “the appropriate rate” means nine per cent. per annum with yearly rests on 31st March.

(4) Paragraph (1) does not apply to a person who ceases to be employed in consequence of—

(a)an offence of a fraudulent character, or

(b)grave misconduct,

in connection with his employment, but the employing authority may direct the payment out of the fund—

(i)to him, or

(ii)where sub-paragraph (a) applies, to him or to his spouse or any dependant of his,

of a sum equal to the whole or a part of the aggregate amount of his contributions to the fund.

(5) No payment shall be made under this regulation to a person—

(a)who is for the time being entitled to be paid, or has been paid, an ill-health retirement grant under regulation D8, or under regulation E4 of the 1992 regulations or regulation 28A of the 1981(1) regulations, or

(b)in relation to whom a transfer value from the trustees or managers of a personal pension scheme or self-employed pension arrangement has been and remains credited to the fund.

(6) A payment to a person under paragraph (1) shall be made—

(a)at the end of the period of 12 months following the termination of his employment, or

(b)in accordance with any written request received by the Committee for earlier or later payment, (not being earlier than one month and two days after—

(i)the termination of the employment, or

(ii)in the case of a person referred to in paragraph (1)(b), the notification given under regulation B11).

(7) The Committee shall deduct from any payment under this regulation any tax to which it may become chargeable under section 598 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988(2) (charge to tax on repayment of employee’s contributions) and returned contributions may be subject to reduction under paragraph 10 of Schedule C5.

(1)

Regulation 28A was inserted by regulation 5 of S.R. 1982 No. 58

(2)

1988 c. 1; section 598 was amended by the Occupational Pensions Schemes (Rate of Tax) Order 1988 (S.I. 1988/504) and the Finance Act 1989 (c. 26), section75, Schedule 6, Part 1

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